Pregnancy news, 16/01/2018
A team at Deakin University in Melbourne have been looking into how a woman’s brain works before and after pregnancy. Specifically, they wanted to know if there were differences in memory, concentration and the ability to plan.
After looking at data from 709 pregnant women and 521 women who were not pregnant, they now believe that ‘baby brain’ could be a real problem affecting around four out of five pregnant women. Symptoms can include:
- finding it difficult to concentrate
- difficulty reading
- poor focus.
They also found that the effects of baby brain are worse in the third trimester, but that memory loss does start to affect women during the first and second trimesters.
‘Oh, it’s definitely a thing. I found my keys in the fridge… more than once!’ Anna
However, the research team did say that the brain still functions within ‘normal limits’, and that more research is needed to get a better understanding. Professor Byrne, who led the study, explained that no one should be worried about the findings and that ‘baby brain’ should not affect how someone does their job or how they function day-to-day.
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